Azerbaijian - Georgia - Armenia
Day 1. Baku Arrival, check in at the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Baku.
Check in at the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Baku.
Day 2: Gobustan – Baku (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Gobustan where there is an amazing site with many Neolithic rock carvings where you can admire more than 4,000 entries that are more than 12. After Gobustan, we will do tour in Baku and we may see Baku Bay and Upland Park. Visit the cosmopolitan capital from the heart of the old city (town), a set of alleys, dead ends and caravanserais where we find the Maiden's Tower, dating from the twelfth century and the Palace of Shirvan Shah (XV century): domes and arches, mosaics and sculptures are presented in excellent condition and between buildings also mauseleo palace, Turkish bath and divan-khana that housed the court. Lunch. In the afternoon, following visits to the city with the museum Carpet and Applied Arts, which exhibits Azerbaijani carpets, jewelry, embroidery products in metal and carved wood. After a walk through Boulevard. Dinner and overnight in Baku .
Day 3. Baku – Shamaha – Sheki (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Today we will travel west to town of Sheki. En route we visit the Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza and the Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum at Shamakha. We continue across the Muganly Pass, with great views of the mountains along the way. An important centre on the Trans-Caucasian trade routes, it was an independent khanate up until the 1820s and evidence of its former grandeur is not hard to spot. The splendid Khan’s Palace was built in 1762 without the use of any nails and is elaborately decorated with ornate patterns on its exterior. There are also a number of old caravanserais and mosques to explore. Sheki is a delight to wander around, with winding streets and traditional houses giving the feeling of yesteryear.Lunch during the visits. Overnight in Sheki. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Sheki - Gremi - Sighnaghi – Bodbe - Tbilisi (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Travel to the city of Sheki. Visit the summer palace of Khan eighteenth century with magnificent frescoes and the Historical Museum of artifacts from different eras. Drive to the border of Azerbaijan and Georgia (Lagodekhi), transport and guide change. We will travel to the eastern part of Georgia - Kakheti region, exclusively known for its vineyards and wineries. Visit a local house. Lunch will be accompanied composition by singers in national costumes. Visit Sighnaghi - one of the beautiful cities in the region of Kakheti. Sighnaghi is home to several historical and cultural monuments. The city is surrounded by walls with the remains of the fortifications of the 18th century height of about 790 meters above sea level, in view of the city from above Alazani valley and is the face of the larger Caucasus mountains. We will drive to Bodbe - the Georgian Orthodox monastery complex (IX century). Dinner at a restaurant. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 5. Tbilisi /city tour/ (B/L/D)
After breakfast have Tbilisi city tour. We will visit the Old Tbilisi Sulfur Baths, Georgian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian churches, Jewish synagogue, also, Turkish mosque side by side, reflecting city’s acceptance and tolerance of different religions. We can also see a recent monument - Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus; Metekhi Church, which is erected on the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River; Narikala fortress, established in the fourth century. Walk downtown and discover Shardeni Street with its fashionable cozy cafes and art galleries. Lunch during the tour. Walking we will come across the Anchiskhati church, the oldest church in Tbilisi keeping the miraculous icon of Jesus Christ. Finally, the tour takes you to Rustaveli Avenue, where attractions, such as the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Parliament, Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafes, will draw your attention and provide a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Dinner. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.
Day 6. Tbilisi- Mtsketa - Gori- Uplistsikhe - Tbilisi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Mtsketa, the ancient religious capital, near Tbilisi, where in the 4th century Saint Nino converted to Christianity in the kingdom of Ivory Coast. This city, where some of the oldest and most important churches in the country, is the spiritual heart of Georgia. Visit the Church of Jvari and Svetitskhoveli cathedral, large building dating from the 11th century, which has elongated plant cross, decorated with splendid stone sculptures, both outside and inside. According to tradition the cathedral would be buried under the robe of Christ. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are the patrimony of humanity. Visit Cave City Uplistsikhe (I millennium. C.), inhabited until the fourteenth century. Since then, the caves have been converted into apartments, shops and public buildings (of which the oldest is the theater of Georgia) and large wineries. The city has an old and interesting complex with residences, markets, wineries, bakeries, theater and basilica church of three ships built on the rock. Some remains of the caravans are still preserved along the hills overlooking the rocky complex. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 7 Tbilisi-Ananuri – Kazbegi- Tbilisi (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Kazbegi. A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. On the way, we visit Ananuri Castle and Jinvali water reservoir of amazing beauty. En route stop and see different local hand made things (thick felt, embroidery, iconographic painting). From Kazbegi we drive by 4X4 cars to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). Finally return back to Tbilisi. Overnight in Tbilisi hotel.
Day 8: Tbilisi – Sadakhlo Border- Haghpat – Sanahin – Yerevan (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to the Armenian border Sadakhlo. Border formalities, transport and guide change. Continue the tour in Armenia. We will visit Haghpat monastery which is UNESCO world heritage site. It is located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. We will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Another surprise is expected for our tourists; we will have a cruise in Lake Sevan and take the chance to admire the beauty of blue pearl of Armenian highland. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the middle Ages; around 10th century. After here we will drive to Yerevan. Welcome dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 9: Yerevan /city tour/ (B/L/D)
We will start the tour in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Then we should visit Genocide museum and Memorial known as Tsitsernakaberd. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 10: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Yerevan (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. After here we will continue our tour to Armenian Wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. Lunch at a local family in Areni. Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. In Noravank we will have a meeting with the priest who will tell you about the religious life and traditions of Armenia. Get back to Yerevan. Overnight at hotel..
Day 11: Yerevan – Zvartnoc – Ejmiatsin – Yerevan (B/L/D)
Breakfast. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. Zvartnots Temple was built in 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Our next step is the spiritual center of Armenia: Ejmiatsin. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We will also visit the museum of Ejmiatsin where a small part of Noah’s ark is kept. After all get back to Yerevan. Dinner at the traditional restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 12: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Sevan – Yerevan (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Lunch here. We will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the Middle Ages, around 10th century. Drive back to Yerevan. Farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.